Archive | Jewish Theology

Creation and other Miracles

Dear Rabbi Simon, I hope you had a good Yom Tov. The Sun stood still for Joshua (ch. 10) prolonging the day. Hundreds of years later, the day was shortened for King Chizkiyahu (2 Kings ch. 20). Have these miracles caused observable astronomical effects? Are there any other miracles in Tenach whose effects can be […]

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Cremation and Kaddish

Dear Rabbi Simon, A distant elderly Jewish relative died last month and he chose to be cremated. Is it still appropriate to say Kaddish for him? Many thanks, Martin Dear Martin, The sombre and distasteful subject of cremation is discussed (and decried) in the Torah literature. The practice has become very common in non-Orthodox circles, and […]

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The Suffering of Children

Ask the Rabbi: Life’s Not Fair (when the innocent suffer) Dear Rabbi Simon, People often ask why children suffer and sometimes even die when they have done nothing wrong. I am thinking about the Manchester teen concert bombing atrocity and more. Rashi on this week’s Parsha (Korach, see Num. 16:27) attributes it to machloket (internecine strife). Rabbeinu […]

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Soul Mates?

Dear Rabbi, I would like to ask a question relating to one’s zivug / bashert. I have heard different things about this (not from rabbis). One is that there are 9 potential soul mates for each of us. I have also heard 3? I have also heard that someone does not become your bashert until […]

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Jewish view of martyrdom by one’s own hand

Q: Dear Rabbi, Here is another interesting post by Rabbi Gil Student – this time about Josephus, was he a traitor or victim? http://torahmusings.com/2012/07/josephus-and-the-sages/.  I liked Rav Soloveitchik’s discussion of the issue particularly because it shed light on a question which I keep forgetting to ask: How could those unfortunates caught up in the Crusades […]

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